Friends you Maybe Shouldn’t Make

President Nixon gamely tries out his chopsticks at a banquet given in his honor

If you choose to flirt with power, know it’s at your risk.

Folks who have it got it somehow. Do you know their tricks?

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You may feel you’re called to service of a high ideal,

only to discover at the table you’re the meal.

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Some folks offer invitations that they do not mean.

Every bite and sip you take they think how to regain.

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Take care not to waste yourself at banquets that they spread

Lest in paying back you find discomfort, pain and dread.

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Folks might hear your words but fail to understand their sense.

Some of them are fools who will despise what’s evident. 

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It’s much better to be silent than misunderstood.

Hear, be wise, direct your mind in ways that lead to good.

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Careful when the banquet offers wine and lots of meat.

Though they’re both good things they hold potential to mislead.

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If you take too much of either, you will fall asleep,

missing how the path of fat has led to poverty.

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Photo:  https://nara.getarchive.net/  

Source:  Proverbs 23:1-3, 6-10, 20-21

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune: Salm Foreol, (Welsh: Gyda thoriad gwawr y bore)   Public Domain 

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